We catch up with the media’s favorite freshman Senator, one-man American mosaic Marco Rubio, and his best pal David Rivera, whose life is on, well, another trajectory…
For Rubio, this is the week he formally disses the tea party movement, which was useful to him in getting elected, but which won’t help him become vice president or president. Rubio now says there’s no need for a tea party caucus in the Senate, so he (like Pat Toomey) is not joining.
Meanwhile, Rubio’s political godfather Jeb Bush is floating a novel idea for reforming the state pension systems: eliminate defined benefit pensions altogether. Golden parachutes for CEOs, not so much…
So what is El Unico up to? He announced that he is an original sponsor of a Senate bill to repeal healthcare reform. Good times.
As for Rubio’s housemate and pal David Rivera, Speaker John Boehner finally addressed the investigation of his most unfortunate freshman, though he didn’t say much, and Politico reports the House leadership is none too pleased with Rivera’s failure to be forthcoming about his legal troubles. Rubio, meanwhile, has become a lot less palsy-walsy with the guy he bought a house with back in the day. This as state Democrats and Republicans begin drawing up plans for a possible Rivera exit from Congress.
A reporter spends the day with Gollum, and finds that now that he’s elected, the Florida governor plans to spend lots of time in Washington grabbing for evil federal spending.
And we finally know the origins of that damned beach piano.